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1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k

2.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 075-2063327272
ISBN-10: 0672327279
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From the Back Cover

This is your ticket into the elusive underworld of the Internet, home to millions of elite computer hackers. "1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k" will show you how to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of this exclusive community. Soon, you too will be able to go into a chat room and carry on conversations speaking the cryptic 1337 language. "1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k" will also review the nature of computer viruses, different practical jokes to play on your desktop and tips on how to live the hacker lifestyle. Join the elite society of computer hackers with "1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k" as your guide.

About the Author

h4x0r h4ndb00k about the author

hello, my name is tapeworm, and i am a freelance contract hacker amongst other things. the first thing i ever learned about computers (when i was first introduced by a friend) was the wide variety of hacking programs floating around on the internet, it wasn't long after that my mom brought home our first computer and i took immediate control. i just wanted to research information, build web pages and play in chat rooms; whereas my mother just wanted to sit and play solitaire for hours (obsessive gaming: a geek at heart). i needed a plan, and fast.

i started coming up with ways to make it appear as though things were wrong with the computer, then she would leave and tell me to fix it. every time she would have me fix something when there was nothing actually wrong, i'd get at least a couple extra hours of playtime. i got better over time, and before i knew it i no longer had a social life.

my evil plans were eventually foiled when she was re-married to an electrician, but luckily by that time i had my own computer anyway. currently i contribute my free time to the open-source community, and i can be reached by my leet e-mail address at: worm@icodeviruses.com

be sure to visit my site: http://www.icodeviruses.com


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (August 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672327279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672327278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
No, this isn't a malfunctioning keyboard, nor have I decided to join the ranks of kiddie hackers by starting to use "elite" language. It's the title of a new book by Sams... l337 h4xor handbook by tapeworm. For those of you not into "l337", that translates to "Elite Hacker Handbook". Having gotten *that* piece of information out of the way, I can get on to the review. And my review is that I really don't know what group this author is trying to target, and I think it fails regardless...

Content: fitting in; shortcuts; customize; browsing/e-mail; fundamentals; get the f@*! out of my chat room!; advanced automation; paranoia; networks; beyond windows; conclusion

I wanted to like this book based on the title. Sort of a gritty view of the hacker underworld, revealing "secrets" not commonly written of. What we get instead is a book that can't decide what it wants to be. People who are new to computers or confused by jargon (one of the targets from the back cover) won't see much useable info here. If you're new to computers, the whole "elite" form of typing and word creation will be lost on you, and you'll wonder what the (#@# this person is trying to tell you. If you already know enough to understand the type of style the author is trying to use, then you'll find most of the information far too basic. Desktop overviews? Running defragger? This isn't news, folks...

Parts of the book try to go into basic HTML coding and scripting languages. Again, if you don't know this stuff, this book isn't going to appeal to you in the first place. If the book appeals to you, you already know this stuff. "Advanced Automation" gets into more scripting, but again, not at a level which is going to advance the knowledge base of someone who already understands it.
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To people trying to critique this book on technical merits: The book is 100% satire!

The author is poking fun at both the whole script-kiddie culture and at YOU, the reader who actually thought the book was serious.

So take the book for what it's worth - a silly bit of technical satire that is about getting a chuckle more than actually imparting any real wisdom.
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By Vacendak on October 19, 2005
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Tapeworm's book does exactly what it is supposed to do. Teach newbies about computers and hacking. Hacking as defined here [...] . It's a great starting point for newbies who are tired of hearing RTFM. This is the FM. After reading this book you can take the knowledge he gives you as far as you want. He even provides the code from the book and some extras on his site. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about how their comuters work and fun pranks to play on them and I will the next time someone asks me to teach them how to hack. I would love to see more from him.
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If you know absolutely nothing about hacking then you might find something interesting here. Elementary level, elementary writing, elementary information. Time and again when I thought I was about to learn something the author made an abrupt redirection and took off in another direction.

5 stars for the covers; 1 star for what is between them.
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I read over this book in a Barnes and Noble, and I was disappointed. This is another cheap attempt to cash in on "hacker" culture. With it's gratuitous use of "l33t sp34k" and lack of real information, the only people this book is going to reach are 14 year old script kiddies, who more than likely already possess skills beyond this book. Especially comical are the "hacker laws" and the use of Windows XP as a hacking platform. I'd also like to point out that a lack of punctuation does not make the book cool.

If you want to learn about security, try reading Hacking Exposed, and if you want to learn about the culture, try reading something by Kevin Mitnick. This book fails in both respects.
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I love all of the reviews that think this book is a serious attempt at teaching hacking.

It's quite obviously satire.

I was able to recognize this years ago, when I was just a n00b at all of this. I still enjoyed the book, and got a great laugh out of it.

If you enjoy parodies on script kiddies, nerds, and hacker culture, check this book out.
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This book is kind of all over the place. It's like the author can't decide who to pander to. There were a few humorous jokes throughout the book. I really hope most of the sections were written as satire, because if not I have lost a lot of respect for the author and publisher.

The book ranges for information on using your mouse and keyboard to writing batch scripts and changing the Windows registry. Many chapters assume the reader has almost no knowledge of the computer and other chapters (like those on programming and scripting) give a great overview at the start and then basically give the user some code to copy for some prank. Little to no explanation is given to how this code works, just what it does. The pranks in this book sound like things I would have done back in grade school, changing backgrounds and screen-savers to make it look like something is wrong. I could maybe see myself giving this book to one of my 12 year old cousins to get them interested in computers and hacking around on them, but anyone in high-school or above would be better off getting a good intro to computers book and an intro to programming book.
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